By Michael P. Neufeld
Lake Arrowhead, CA – The new Executive Director of the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce is no longer a guessing game. The Chamber has hired Robin Bull to replace the retiring Polly Sauer.
The announcement of Bull’s selection to the top paid leadership post was made by Chamber Chairman Nolan Calkins (Sweeps Luck/Buck Energy Fireplaces).
“She represents our Chamber constituents as a business owner, bringing that entrepreneurial perspective to the job. She lives the issues our community deals with in business day-to-day,” Calkins stated in a media release announcing the new Executive Director.
Calkins urged Chamber members to attend the organization’s Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa to “formally” welcome Bull to the Chamber.
Bull is the owner of Bullworx Fitness in Cedar Glen and Tommy’s Pet Studio in Blue Jay and has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2014. During her tenure she served as Chairperson of the Branding and Marketing Committees and as a financial consultant as a Certified Public Accountant.
“The Executive Director role is an exciting challenge for me to get back into the ‘corporate world’ and engage my business experience to grow the Chamber in new ways, while adding value to our community,” Bull said.
“I will be able to put my luxury branding and marketing expertise into action, from inside of the Chamber this time, and to help develop our priority tourism outreach. Our opportunities as a Chamber and a community are great and many,” Bull emphasized.
Bull steps into the shoes since November 2013 by Polly Sauer.
“Polly took the reins of the Chamber during turbulent times, increasing the membership from less than 200 to 336 members,” said long-time board member, Carol Banner (Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty).
Banner retires from the Chamber Board this year after over 20 years of service and will be honored with the first-ever Lifetime Honorary Board Member role at the January 17 Annual Meeting.
“Polly made the Chamber Visitor Center a showplace for local businesses in addition to promoting tourism, and at the same time streamlined operations, cut costs, and brought the Chamber to the greatest profit they have enjoyed in years,” Chairman Calkins explained. “She leaves the Chamber in a stronger position with positive funds to be able to promote members in ways they have not been able to do until now.”
Sauer leaves a strong legacy in the community as she continues to pursue her other work with non-profit organizations on the mountain starting January 18.